Network Rail has withdrawn its planning application to close the Mill Bridge pedestrian crossings and replace them with a bridge over the river Tillingham and a path under the railway track (as previously covered in Rye News). In light of this Rye News asked Network Rail for an explanation.
A Network Rail spokesperson responded: “We are currently working with the community to address some local concerns about the bridge designs.
“We want to make sure we find a design solution that works for everyone, passengers and local businesses and residents.
“We are still committed to closing the two level crossings in this area for safety reasons.”
A number of Rye residents had raised concerns on the quality of the planning application while others were concerned that the replacement walkway would regularly flood. The pedestrian link between Gibbet Marsh car park and the town centre does need to be upgraded (a recently replaced wooden gate has already ceased working), let’s hope Network Rail take these concerns on board before submitting their revised planning application.